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Planning on upgrading your wardrobe? Get rid of some old gear to help save on something new. 

H&M and M&S both have schemes that let you swap old clothes for vouchers. It’s a great way to clear the clutter and save at the same time. Plus it’s far better for items go to charity or are recycled than adding to a landfill.

LISTEN: Why shopping second-hand for clothes is important for the environment

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H&M clothes recycling programme

Donate any bag of old clothes or unwanted garments into an H&M shop and you’ll be given a £5 voucher to spend. In theory you’ll get a voucher per bag of clothes so you can get multiple vouchers. However there is a £25 minimum spend with each voucher.

So what can be in the bag? Well you don’t need to have any H&M products to get the voucher. And you can also donate any kind of textile, whether its curtains or knickers as the fabrics are all recycled.

You can also do the same at H&M’s Monki and & Other Stories brands. The latter also has a beauty recycling programme where you get 10% off their cosmetics if you take in your empty beauty product.

> More about H&M’s textile recycling

M&S and Oxfam’s Shwopping Clothes Exchange

Hand over your old gear at an Oxfam and you’ll also get a £5 voucher to spend on clothes in Marks and Spencer.

One item must be labeled M&S, and you can only use the voucher in the same calendar month. There’s a minimum £35 spend and it’s only valid on clothing, home or beauty.

I asked in a store a while ago if you can use the voucher with other offers and the checkout woman said she’d seen the vouchers be used with Sparks offers such as 20% off everything. So it’s worth grabbing one of these to use when those deals come around.

You can find your nearest Oxfam here and read the full terms and conditions.

Donate to cancer research via TK Maxx (no voucher)

You can take a bag of unwanted clothes to TK Maxx who will pass it on to Cancer Research to sell or recycle. Cancer Research will keep all the proceeds.

> Read about what you can donate at TK Maxx

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Six alternative ways to save on clothes and fashion

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